McNulty’s Retro Reviews: Limp Bizkit – Significant Other


Well ain’t that some BULLSH*T! Here’s a band who released one perfectly good rap/metal hybrid as their debut album, then immediately turned into garbage with their sophomore release. Limp Bizkit had a one-album streak before becoming the laughing stock of the metal community. Join me as we travel back to 1999 where I’m a senior in high school who experiences the shock of losing one of his favorite bands in one fell swoop.

Oh no: It is June of the final year before we enter a new millennium. Folks are scrambling around like crappy decapitated chickens, afraid that in six months they will loose all of their data and planes will drop out of the sky. [The] Cost of new house is $131,750.00, Average Income per year $40,810.00, Average Monthly Rent $645.00, [and] Cost of a gallon of Gas is $1.22. Oh, and Limp Bizkit released a big pile of crap called Significant Other.

I suspected something was up the moment I spun this CD for the first time, for I did not have the benefit of hearing any of the singles beforehand. The intro is laughably bad, featuring spoopy keyboards and a foreboding spoken intro which reads “you wanted the worst, you got the worst: the one, the only… Limp Bizkit.” The first real song “Just Liek This” starts out pretty neato, with some of that lovely drumming by John Otto (easily the strongest link in the chain). I mean, people have talked a lot of trash about this band but I don’t think a single word of it has been regarding their loose and funky drums. One song of mediocrity and it’s followed/ruined by this:

(Adios riffs, we barely knew ye.)

Gone is anything resembling heavy metal and in its place is a lame white dude trying to rap [legitimately] about sex on top of riff-less … uh… DJ stuff. There’s plenty of record scratching, “beats”, and the sound of the needle running over some vinyl. The repetitive and immature hooks accompany some equally repetitive, BDubz-esque nu-metal guitar slop. “Like a chump…hey…like a chump…hey…” repeated ad nauseam. These dudes found a way to encapsulate the absolute worst aspects scattered about their great debut Three Dollar Bill Y’All, and write an entire album of songs featuring them. I guess if you liked their cover of George Michael’s “Faith”, you might be in hog heaven with Significant Other. Is the grease your favorite ingredient in a Hot Pocket? If so, you’ll just love this record. People who prefer The Matrix Reloaded over The Matrix will eat this up.

(Fred I happen to be psychic, and rapping is not in your future.)

“Nookie” is very bad. “Break Stuff” is somehow worse. This pattern continues up to the 20 minute mark, when we get to one decent song called “Nobody Like You.” Track 7 comes and gives us a short respite from the garbage with their attempt at re-creating the beauty of “Stalemate” from their excellent debut (just without one of the key components: good riffs). They do bring in two rather talented vocalists in attempts to salvage it: Jonathan Davis of KoRn and Scott Weiland of STP, so that’s pretty cool. In fact, it would turn out that the best parts of the album can’t even be credited to Limp Bizkit, because the only other decent song is “N 2 Gether Now” which is basically a Method Man song. “No Sex” is insultingly bad, mainly after hearing Fred Durst sing the line “Should have left my pants on this time, instead you let me dive right in.”


After all is said and done, I suppose I should thank Limp Bizkit for learning me an important lesson when it comes to music: every band will disappoint eventually. You see, dear readers, Opeth‘s Pale Communion wasn’t the first album to pull a fast one on us; back in 1999 a young Jimmy McNulty experienced musical heartbreak for the first time, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. System of a Down ended their career with Toxicity in 2001. In Flames had their sh*t-the-bed moment and it was called Reroute to Remain (2002). I could – and will – go on…

MastodonThe Hunter
Hilary DuffBreathe In Breathe Out
Metallica – Plz Don’t Step On Snek
Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic
Queen A Night at the Opera

To summarize, Limp Bizkit’s sophomore release is devoid of good riffs, aggression, any and all creativity; instead it’s just a tacky and shallow cash-grab designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It’s like Five Finger Death Punch before they were a thing. Bro’s all around the world, who had probably never heard of great bands like Iron Maiden were Judas Priest, were blasting this CD in their Honda Civics. There are probably about six minutes of decent material on here, but the rest gets flushed down the filthiest toilet ov hell. Significant Other gets one half of a Mars Polar Lander out of five:

Here’s one bit of good news: Limp Bizkit would go on to release stinker after stinker until eventually stumbling upon something decent in the form an EP in 2005, but that’s an article for another day…

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  • Lacertilian

    This album just reminds me of early high-school and discmans. 1998 was year 8 for me and a 14 year old lizard had just bought Diabolus In Musica on CD (which released not long after I’d first heard RiB and SoH) while my richer friend who brought his discman in to school everyday just got this album and a Korn album.
    For whatever reason I preferred Significant Other to Korn. Might have been that it seemed to not take itself as seriously? I dunno.
    He went on to become a massive hip-hop fan.
    I act like a lizard in a toilet.
    Life is weird.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Korn is much better than Fred Durst and Company in my opinion.

      • The Arm(KJM)

        Admittedly, not a tough bar to pass.

    • Hans

      “act like”? Are thine scales naught but sham? I must fan myself most vigorously.

    • *life is peachy

  • I dressed up as Fred Durst for Halloween a few years ago. Puffy vest, soul patch, red ball cap, etc. Some people at the party who didn’t know me thought I was just some random dirtbag at first, not “in costume” or anything.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Jimmy plz! All Queen is good! Also all Limp Bizkit sucks.

    • The Arm(KJM)

      You are correct.

    • Sir Ukkometso The Based

      I absolutely can’t stand Queen.

    • Óðinn

      Do you know about the wrestler, The Progressive Liberal? I don’t watch wrestling, but with wrestlers who have names like that, I just might start watching. At the very least, I’d wear his Hillary t-shirt just to make inbred hillbillies choke on their corndogs and have a stroke.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’ve heard about him. He’s an independent wrestler but he’s a great heel. He knows how to rile up a crowd.

      • Depechemodeisgangsta

        They have a couple of articles about him on Deadspin.

        • Óðinn

          I’ll check that out. Thanks.

    • all Queen is not good. the first three albums were speed metal treats. then they went soft and commercial. JUST MY OPINION of course 🙂
      then they started to really suck with Hot Space, which has one good song (Under Pressure).

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Jimmy plz! You’re making me cry!

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover
  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ
  • Joaquin Stick

    Coma Ecliptic isn’t that bad. After PII it’s a bit of a turd in a punch bowl, but I think it stands (albeit with a bit of a hobbled gait) on its own.

    • Shakes 999

      Yeah it wasn’t bad so much as dull. It went off my rotation quicker than any btbam before.

      • Joaquin Stick


    • Óðinn

      Yeah, it’s BTBAM, so even if it’s kinda bad, it’s still good.

  • Hans

    Since the debut made less of a splash than a nugget hitting toilet water over here, this album was my first contact with them, and boy did I jam the fuck out of this.

    A friend of mine recently claimed he had every LB release, but had never heard of The Unquestionable Truth, which I assume you’re talking about. That was indeed an interesting one, but weirdly flew under several radars I think.

  • Break Stuff is the best song of the nu metal era, HANDS DOWN.

    • RJA

      I want to say no – but at the same time I don’t want to revisit all the other nu metal songs in my head.

      • If we don’t do it right now I’m just going to write an entire article about it.

        • RJA

          I went and looked for a list of top nu metal songs and all my desktop wants to do is freeze up – surely a sign. I guess you may be right, although I would probably go chop suey!

        • Wet W’s Whistle

          My balls, your chin, Joe.

          • Guacamole Jim

            This is a serious counterpoint.

          • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

            I think the bodies just hit the floor…

          • Óðinn
          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            ME FORGET ABOUT SNOT……..

            THINGS WUZ BETTER THAT WAY!!!!!!!!

        • GoatForest

          That idea has made me think I’m going blind.

    • tigeraid
    • xengineofdeathx

      Bro I think My Own Summer would like a word with you.

      • Wet W’s Whistle


        • xengineofdeathx

          I think later on they definitely turned into something else, but Around the Fur is NM as a mother fucker.

    • ROLLIN’ (Air Raid Vehicle) would like to challenge that assertion

  • Dental_Damnation

    Yet, the smartest business decision they ever made next to that George Michael cover. Pretty sure that’s when Freddy took over Interscope Records to then pump out Staind and Puddle of Mudd. If I remember correctly that shit was absolutely everywhere at the time. *Disclaimer: I follow FD on IG and it seems like all he does is lay around his mansion while jazz bands jam in his living room. Looks like a pretty phenomenal lap of luxury he’s positioned his fat white ass on*

  • The Arm(KJM)

    “Queen – A Night at the Opera”

    The first album I ever bought with my own money back in 1976.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      My mum was pregnant with me. First tape I ever bought with my own money was maybe Mötley Crüe’s Girls, Girls, Girls

      • The Arm(KJM)

        At that point I’d already seen Crue twice and lost interest.

  • The Arm(KJM)

    I was already over 30 when this “band” relieved itself all over the world. I even had to watch them climb out of a fucking toilet at Ozzfest.

    • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

      When it went Motorhead, (granted, on the second stage) then Megadeth, then Tool, and THEN Limp Bizkit, I knew heavy music was in for a terrible, terrible, turn.

      • The Arm(KJM)

        When I saw Ozzfest Bizkit went on before Tool and Motorhead, otherwise I would’ve left after Tool.

        • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

          Yeah, I think the hype, (or album sales) bumped them for the show I saw. That, or their enormous toilet that needed to be on the stage.

  • tigeraid
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  • Lord of Bork

    Uhhh…did you just imply SOAD’s “Steal this Album” isn’t awesome? Cause if so, congrats, you pissed me off.

  • Óðinn

    Woodstock ’99 was a trip, I guess. It was really Metallica’s fault though. They never should have played this song…

  • xengineofdeathx

    I just came here to say that The Hunter could have been a great ep.

  • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

    It could be worse Jimmy – I had a friend that really liked their debut, too, and had that guy from the album cover tattooed on his arm, (from elbow to shoulder). Or just think, almost twenty years later, there is a middle-aged guy walking around with this:

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Disqus needs a sad react option.

  • Treebeard, Father of Fangorn

    We ents appreciate the delicately crafted nu-metal breakdowns.

  • Megadead™

    Hand in your badge and your gun, you’re off this case, McNulty!

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    I actually think that “No Sex” is a really funny song. I mean, it’s supposed to be a heartfelt song about the emotional emptiness of having one night stands, but like you said, with lyrics like “Should have left my pants on this time” is just hilarious

    • all valid points. but still: nobody should sex fred durst.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™
  • TheCheezFace

    My favorite part is how Fred Durst looks like a grandpa today, and he’s still rapping about hot dogs, the nookie and stuff

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